February 4, 1945 – December 16, 2020
David Machinak, 75 of Clarksville passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday December 16th 2020. He was born on February 4, 1945, the son of John and Helen Machinak and grew up in Fredericktown. Dave was a 1963 graduate of Bethlehem Center High School and worked most of his life in the coal mine. He worked for Vest 5 Mine until it closed and was the last fire boss out of the mine. Afterward he worked for Emerald mine where he retired in 2008. Dave married Evelyn Goss on August 23, 1969. She passed away on February 21, 2016. They were married for 46 years at the time of her passing. After their wedding they moved to Cleveland Ohio where Dave worked in a Steel Mill. In 1971 they moved back to Pennsylvania and bought their starter home in Clarksville where he has lived for almost 50 years. Dave was a car guy. He could fix almost anything and was always tinkering with his cars. His first job, while still in high school, was at a service station in Fredericktown. Dave was always working on his antique car and truck he inherited from his grand pap and uncle, although he never quit finished getting them restored. He always had plans to have the “old car” ready by the next big event. He owned a lot of great cars through the years he only wished he had the foresight to hang on to a few of them. Dave is survived by two daughters, Darla (Barry) Mylan of Rices Landing and Dawn (Dan) Murray of Clarksville. He has three grandchildren, Aaron Mylan, Molly Mylan, and Jared Murray. His favorite thing in life was being a Dad and Pappy. He also leaves behind his special four legged companion Daisy and grand-dogs Ruby and Sadie. Dave is also survived by three sisters and one brother. Elaine Posten of Waynesburg, Donna (Ken) Morosky of Waynesburg, Dolly (David) Long of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and Chris Machinak of Clarksville. He also has several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents he is preceded in death by his brother Jimmy Machinak who died at age two before Dave was born. He is also preceded in death by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary and Alber Sape; his mother-in-law and father-in law Madeline and Ralph Goss; and a special niece Rachel Machinak, as well as his grand dogs Liberty and Macy. Due to COVID-19 restrictions all services are private and entrusted to the Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in Dave’s name to the Humane Society of Greene County, 183 Jefferson Rd., Waynesburg, PA 15370, https://www.greenepet.org/ or Colby’s Stars Foundation Inc., 112 Bedilion Rd., Waynesburg, PA 15370, https://www.colbysstarsfoundation.org/donate. Condolences may be expressed online at www.behm-funeralhomes.com.
- Darla (Barry) Mylan Jr., Daughter
- Dawn (Dan) Murray, Daughter
- Aaron Mylan, Grandson
- Molly Mylan, Granddaughter
- Jared Murray, Grandson
- Elaine Posten, Sister
- Donna (Ken) Morosky, Sister
- Dolly (David) Long, Sister
- Chris Machinak, Brother
On August 23, 1969 he married Evelyn Gross, who died February 21, 2016.
In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his brother Jimmy Machinak who died at age two before Dave was born. He is also preceded in death by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary and Alber Sape; his mother-in-law and father-in law Madeline and Ralph Goss; and a special niece Rachel Machinak, as well as his grand dogs Liberty and Macy.
December 19, 2020
So very sorry to learn of Uncle Dave's passing. My heart aches for all of you. He will spend Christmas with your Mom and the rest of the family, just like it use to be. Please take care , you girls and your families took great care of your Dad. Such a good man. May he rest in peace.
Pat Maxon and family
December 18, 2020
December 18, 2020
December 18, 2020
Rest In Peace my dear friend. Dave was a good friend and coworker of my husband Steve. We adopted him as Uncle Dave to our family. He was a kind and generous sweet soul. Love and Peace .
Chris Yourchik & family